“serial entrepreneur”, and this week’s Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan. This dynamic mother of two teenage kids left teaching 7 years ago to run a film locations company in Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Since then, she sees everything with new eyes and recently launched her latest project Precinkt. The company was started when Nat realized how much she adores her neighborhood, the inner suburb of West End. With all of the conveniences – the best coffee, delicious food, amazing people watching, fantastic shopping, and a great place to explore, there’s no reason to leave. She then came to the realization that the whole world is made up of these little “precinkts” and why not create a place to highlight all of these wonderful little spots. Precinkt’s all about images and will be built by contributors from all over the world – people with passion and a great eye. Currently, it features only Australian precinkts but in April 2012 she’s heading to New York and looking to expand. Get ready!
This very cool, very driven woman has found that her specific skills with location scouting, precinkt.com research, working with young entrepreneurs and surrounding herself with curious people have enabled her to have an eye for the upcoming, the new, the cool and the quirky. For threetwentyeight, she shares some of her favorite Australian products. Items with superb quality, a strong ethos and of course so identifiable with the psyche there. As Nat puts it “we are a long way from everyone else on this planet – so it’s allowed us to really celebrate our unique personality. Our economy is super strong at the moment compared to many countries in the world and this has only enhanced our in-your-face pride and lust for life”. So check out this inspiring lady’s picks from Down Under and get ready to share your precinkt on Precinkt!
I do a lot of hours on the computer with film locations work and Precinkt and found I was getting “crunched up” in a normal chair. With this chair it switches on my core muscles because it has a slight rock. It’s a little Pilates lesson while I work.
I learned about this New Zealand designer reading “Dumbo Feather” (a mook –see below’s Great Things) and I immediately liked David’s philosophy of leaving minimal impact on the environment and celebrating the simplicity of nature. My partner and I had to build the light (it comes in pieces that you snap together) but unfortunately we were drinking red wine as we built it so we got more and more confused as we drank. We did it though, and we love it!
I saw these in Inside Out magazine and contacted a local business to grab a few. I’m mad on 70’s orange so they are perfect for displaying my little collection.
I love these products and am especially enjoying the hand wash (mandarin, rosemary and cedarwood), sage and zinc face cream and the geranium body scrub. Aesop began in Melbourne but they now have signature outlets throughout the world. I adore their stores. They are always fitted out in curious ways but with impeccable design and flair.
I don’t own a Dinosaur Designs piece but it’s on my bucket list. I love their work in resin, the colours used and the tactile sexy feel to the pieces. Want! Another amazing Australian company killing it overseas.
Mazi has made me discover my feminine side and celebrate it. Their design philosophy is based on layering of slips and leggings, lace and gauze. The clothes hug the body and make a woman’s body shapely and enticing. I always visit them when I’m in Melbourne but I’ve just discovered their online store. Gulp.
I just received this brooch for my birthday from my bro. Love it! Anything from Elk Accessories is a winner. Lots of great gift stores in Australia stock them and they are always a standout.
My partner Pete wears RM’s and I think they are bloody sexy. He really struts in them and I love that. They are a real man’s-man boot. R.M. Williams is an Australian brand which has become a love mark with Australians. They speak of the outback, hard work, quality, and kickin’ butt. Our ex-Prime Minister used to wear them on OS visits and gift them to world leaders. I hope Obama wears his!
I found this on my friend Annetta’s website The Gift Corner. Because I’m into photography and love a bit of cuff action I think this would look super sexy on a young guy. Grrrrrr.
By Mem Fox (about a lovely old witch, great predictive text and amazing illustrations with an Australian flavour)
By Elizabeth Honey. (I used to read this to my kids, it’s based on the Australian past-time of camping by the beach, fishing and whale watching)
By Narelle Oliver (beautiful linocut print illustrations, Australian birds, a great story of adaption)
By Jeannie Baker (this lady is amazing! The illustrations are all collage and her stories always have an environmental theme. Masterpieces)
I have found the most amazing places to eat whilst researching Precinkt. One of my favourite precinkts in Australia is Gertrude St in Fitzroy Melbourne. Here are some of my favourite photos of places I visited in Gertrude St.
Birdman Eating (best breakfast)
Gertrude St Enoteca (it’s a wine bar but look at their baked goods on the counter!)
Arcadia (there are lots of amazing cafes here, but I loved these little morsels in Arcadia)
Fatto a Mano (this is the best bakery!)
Workers Club (It’s a bit of an Aussie tradition to go to the Pub and have Beer’n’Chips – this place does it well)
This has a huge following in Australia. They are very much everything women’s magazines are not. The content is very honest, organic, hipster, retro, and quirky. I just inhale this magazine when it arrives.
I’d call this a Mook. It features four or five amazing people in each issue and always in interview style. The subjects are usually not “famous” for famous-sake but more because they are admirable people with interesting back stories. It’s a quirky publication that never ceases to inspire me.
I have a fascination with the Hipster culture. I try to take sneaky photos of them when I’m out (a little like bird-watching). I secretly love Hipsters, especially when I spot an extreme version. This phone app has been developed by a Brisbane mob and I love how tongue-in-cheek it is but still offers a great selection of music to explore.
Ok, I’m totally addicted. Instagram is a photo sharing application. You can apply cool filters to your photos. Checking my Instagram feed and posting has become as routine as my Facebook and teeth brushing routine. Instagram has connected me with other visual learners and I love that you can post to Facebook and Twitter too.